Dear Voters in Lymm,
I am delighted to have this chance to introduce myself as the new Labour PPC for Warrington South. The General Election is likely to be on Thursday 6th May, and here in Lymm I will be standing on a joint Labour ticket with Su Williams.
Su is a well known and well respected Lymm resident and community volunteer, and she is seeking to represent Lymm Ward on Warrington Borough Council. Su and I intend to give the local Tories and Lib Dems a good run for their money, especially given the serious and well-documented failings of the current Tory/Lib Dem council administration.
Aged 38, I was born and brought up in nearby Altrincham, which is in the next door constituency to Warrington South. I have recently been living in Old Trafford but have now found a home in this constituency, at Chapelford in Great Sankey.
My family and I have been regular visitors to Lymm for many years and we love the place. From long walks and feeding the ducks at Lymm Dam as a kid through to regular Sunday lunches at Trattoria Baci now, this is a place I know well. It would be a great honour to be able to serve Lymm as its new Member of Parliament.
I am really enjoying getting to know Lymm even better and meeting lots of local residents. I have been to the Market Lunch at the Methodist Church and to the successful Low Carbon Lymm event at the village hall. I have visited the excellent library and the wonderful Sure Start centre that the Labour Government has funded (and which is sadly under threat from proposed Tory cuts). And I've met twice with the stalwart volunteers at Lymm Youth Club. They are doing tremendous work renovating the club and encouraging many more people to use it, with great success and despite the nasty threats from the Tory/Lib Dem Borough Council.
Overall, I believe that life in Lymm has got better for most people over the last 12 years, and that a Labour Government has helped to make a positive difference to the place, for young and old alike. Most people I have spoken to have agreed that the health services and educational services that they and their families personally rely on have changed for the better as the result of greater investment. They do not want to see that progress reversed by the Tories.
Lymm has a great community spirit and a strong local identity, and that is something to be cherished and nurtured. I look forward to meeting you and to hearing your views, and I hope that on May 6th you will give your vote to Su Williams and me. Many thanks for reading this.
Labour PPC for Warrington South
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